Perth City Hall
Perth City Hall is a prominently-sited civic building beside the A-listed St John’s Kirk, and within Perth’s former market place. It was listed category B on 26 August 1977 and is within the Perth Central Conservation Area. It has been redundant since 2005.
The memorial stone was laid by Lord Provost Cuthbert in 1909 and the design exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1912. The architects, appointed after competition, were H. E. Clifford and Thomas Lunan. Clifford was one of a generation of Glasgow-based architects influenced by the architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and this is reflected in the building’s architectural style. It has coupled giant Ionic columns and is built of dressed stone with sculptural enrichments, while the interior has a galleried large main hall and a correspondingly classical character.
At a meeting on 16 November 2011 Perth and Kinross Council decided they were minded to approve the demolition of Perth City Hall to create an open public square. As a Category B-listed building the application required listed building consent. The building is owned by Perth and Kinross Council and as the application was made by them, it was referred to Historic Scotland to determine on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
On 9 May 2012 the listed building consent application for the demolition of Perth City Hall was refused. Our decision letter and report of handling set out why we reached this decision and are available below, along with the representations we received then.
UPDATE: December 2013
Following refusal of consent for demolition, Perth & Kinross Council re-marketed the property, using a professional estate agency. The marketing process was done in two stages. Firstly, expressions of interest were sought; and secondly, time was allocated to enable business plans to be developed. One bid was submitted, from Perth City Market Trust (‘PCMT’). This proposed creating an indoor market combined with other uses.
On 11 December 2013 Councillors voted not to accept the bid by PCMT and instructed their officials to re-submit an application for demolition.
Consequently, Perth & Kinross Council is expected to compile a fresh listed building consent application for submission to Historic Scotland seeking the demolition of Perth City Hall. It is expected that the application will be advertised by the Council, and at that point people will be able to make their views known regarding the proposals.
Where a local authority seeks listed building consent and is itself the applicant, the application has to be made to Historic Scotland for assessment on behalf of Ministers. Should an application be submitted concerning Perth City Hall it will be assessed on the same basis as any other application and against the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (‘SHEP’).
No application has been made to Historic Scotland. Should one be received, this web page will be up-dated.
Perth City Hall decision notice 9th May 2012[PDF, 51.27kb] Perth City Hall report of Handling 2nd May 2012[142.59kb] Perth City Hall representation 1 [PDF, 15,820kb] Perth City Hall representation 2 [PDF, 3,486
kb] Perth City Hall representation 3 [PDF, 10,231kb] Perth City Hall representation 4 [PDF, 4,380kb] Perth City Hall representation 5 [PDF, 13,435kb] Perth City Hall representation 6 [PDF, 7,770kb] Perth City Hall representation 7 [PDF, 7,948kb] Perth City Hall representation 8 [PDF, 1,566kb] Managing Change in the Historic Environment Guidance Note on Demolition[PDF,2.23mb] Scottish Historic Environment Policy[PDF, 636KB] Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 23 September 2011 [PDF, 53kb] Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 10 August 2011 [PDF, 50KB] Letter to Perth and Kinross Council 8 July 2011 [PDF, 50kb]
Planning Application Summary - Demolition of City Hall and construction of a new City Square | Perth City Halls King Edward Street Perth PH1 5UG